Pennsylvania high school football to consider classification expansion – AGAIN

by Jeff Fisher

It’s seems like it happens every three years – discussions and proposals to expand Pennsylvania beyond its current four class system in football.

Out in the western part of the state, one school official, Bob Tonkin of Brookville High School, who chairs the District 9 football steering committee, is working on plan that would add two classes – 6A and 5A – plus shrink the season from 16 weeks to 15.

Adding new classes has been debated in 2003, 2006 and 2009 and rejected each time by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Association.  In order to expand, Tonkin’s proposal would take three separate PIAA votes and couldn’t be put in-place until the 2016 season.  The last time the PIAA expanded was in 1980 when AAAA was added.

Recently our partners at examined whether the state should consider expanding. Click here to read story that compared Pennsylvania with other states.

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.